Vadodara: Gujarat government has filed 34
proposals before Central government seeking tourism aid for
development of vantage locations, said Gujarat Tourism and
Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas.
The Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay yesterday
announced a special assistance of Rs 150 crore for development
of tourism projects at Kabirvad, Dwarka and Porbandar.
"Gujarat state since its formation on May 1, 1960 had
received total financial assistance of Rs 50 crore only from
Centre for its tourists projects till 2008 adding that the 34
proposals sent to Centre, included those aiming at integrated
development of Mahatma Gandhi and Buddhist tourism circuits in
the state," said Vyas.
These proposals will need a total central financial
aid of Rs 785.13 crore for projects including the Mahatma
Gandhi and Buddhist tourism circuits, besides a tourism
development institute, he said.
The Centre has so far supported our projects for
tourism promotion on Dandi heritage route, integrated Gandhi
circuit in Dwarka, a tourism development institute in Kabirvad
of Bharuch, along the banks of river Narmada," said Vyas.
Basic facilities for tourism promotion shall be
developed near Mahatma Gandhi Vidyalaya in Rajkot where the
Father of the Nation had taken informal education, and
beautification of Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad shall be
undertaken, he added.
The Centre so far has allocated a grant of Rs 21.19
crore for developing basic tourist facilities in temples at
Dwarka and Ambaji besides building infrastructure facilities
in Tarnetar, Pavagadh, Devni Mori and Patan.
The state government has forwarded a proposal to
Centre for integrated development of Dwarka, seeking an aid of
over Rs 83 crore. The plan is to renovate Dwarka, apart from
development of sunset point, a bridge connecting Okha and Bet